The Briefly for August 6, 2018 – Cuomo vs NRA, Central Park’s Zombie Raccoon Problem Persists, and More

Central Park’s problem with “zombie” raccoons isn’t over, two LIRR deaths this morning, a history of unnecessary noise, legalize basements, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Almost 70 raccoons have died due to the “zombie” virus outbreak in Central Park.

According to the NRA, the Governor Cuomo/NRA feud has cost the group millions of dollars. The state is moving to dismiss a lawsuit against it from the NRA.

The Marriage bureau building in Manhattan might become a jail if Rikers Island closes. If you were a comedian in the Catskills in the 50s, the city is writing the jokes for you.

The city is allowing a pilot program that allows for basement and cellar apartments in Brooklyn’s Community District 5.

The long-time bookseller on the corner on 73rd and Broadway had his books confiscated by the NYPD. Kirk Davidson had recently expanded his bookselling to five tables. The law allows for a table eight feet long and three feet deep and five feet high.

The hottest restaurants in Queens, according to Eater.

Century Waste Services, the company whose truck lost a tire on the Gowanus Expressway and killed a driver last week, is being investigated by the Port Authority for its spotty safety record.

A Bronx public school teacher, Dori Myers, has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations” — but will not have to go to prison or surrender her teaching license.

A map of ICE raids in and around Bushwick.

Attorney General candidate Letitia James said that if elected, she won’t take orders from Governor Cuomo and would push for independence from the office of the governor.

Simcha Felder wants his opponent’s name removed from the ballot because Blake Morris’s legal first name is Lawrence. While Felder argues that nicknames can’t be used on ballots, he should try telling that to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Speaking of Simcha Felder, two days after the state’s speed cameras were shut down, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in his district in Brooklyn. Felder’s Cities Committee did not allow the speed camera extension to come up for a vote.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Parsons Blve and Union Tpke in Queens, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at St Marks and 3rd Ave, The Blacklist w/James Spader is on Roosevelt Island all week, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 67th and Park, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is around Franklin Square, Law and Order: SVU is around Pine st and Pearl St, New Amsterdam w/Ryan Eggold is at 25th and 1st, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at Court Square, and God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Bridge St and Fulton St in Brooklyn.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam, met with Robert Mueller. It may be for her connections with Roger Stone.

The Bridge asks if the new towers with hundreds of apartments in Coney Island get built near the amusement district, is the carnival over?

The amount of weapons seized in city schools jumped to 2,718, up 28% from last year.

A baby found in the East River has died at the hospital.

The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise is proof that noise pollution has always been a problem in the city.

Two people were hit and killed by non-passenger Long Island Rail Road trains this morning in different locations.

Who can police a police officer who abuses their parking placards?

Here come the complaints about dockless bikes.

The Briefly for July 23, 2018 – Zombie Raccoons, Environmental Racism, Bikeshare Provider Pulls Out, and More

Cuomo goes biblical on de Blasio, zombie raccoons, Central Park’s first sculpture depicting women, protest art removed, the next phase of the Second Ave subway will be completed in 2029, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The next phase of the (questionably useful) Second Ave subway won’t be finished until 2029. We waited 98 years for what we have, what’s an additional eleven?

The Trump “Business as Usual” sculpture on 10th and Avenue B was removed by the city, making it the second piece of illegal Trump protest artwork last week.

The City Council approved caps on trash processing in specific neighborhoods, taking steps towards curbing the environmental racism which is happening in Southeast Queens, Northern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

Ofo, one of the dockless bikeshare providers for the Bronx pilot-program, is pulling out of NYC before getting started.

Filming around town: Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Clark St and Cadman Plaza W in Brooklyn, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is at 30th Ave and 36th St in Astoria, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 48th St in Long Island City, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Manhattan Ave and Milton St in Brooklyn, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Times Square, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 6th and 2nd, The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at 77th and Broadway.

The city’s 32,000 new affordable homes this fiscal year set a new record.

Where will you be when The New York Times Capsule is opened on January 1, 3000?

Marty Golden’s word is good for nothing as we tick closer and closer to the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act expiring on July 25. In related news, democrats in Brooklyn are calling out State Senator Simcha Felder for a lack of sympathy and loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The 145th Street 3 station, the 23rd Street F and M station, and the 104th Street on the J and Z are closed for renovations until November, December, and January respectively.

Meredith Bergmann’s statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund was unveiled last week and it will be Central Park’s first statue dedicated to real women.

The state is rolling out $1.4 billion towards 8,800 projects in Central Brooklyn, calling it “Vital Brooklyn.” It will include more than 2,000 affordable homes, public gardens, hospital improvements, and more.

Crime is falling across the city, but murder and rape rates are up.

The man whose co-workers at the Parks Department call a pedophile Michael Palamar was put in a non-supervisory role while he is being investigated.

Dozens of raccoons died from a viral “zombie” outbreak in Central Park.

Cutting back on “third-hand smoke.” A bill waiting to be signed by Governor Cuomo would ban smoking at all times in rooms used for licensed day care in private homes.

“When we get to the pearly gates, I’m sure God will have a lot to say about it.” The Cuomo/de Blasio feud has reached biblical levels when it comes to the NYCHA lead scandal.

One year ago Joe Jhota vowed we would see subway improvements “relatively quickly.” Time has made a liar out of him. I am not sure that subway chief Joe Lhota has any unbroken promises left.

An elected judge in the Bronx makes $208,000 and is refusing to come to work. Must be nice.

The Briefly for June 20, 2018 – Curbing Arrests for Smoking Weed, Chelsea Guitars Gets to Stay, Lead Paint on the 7, and More

NYPD will start issuing tickets for people caught smoking weed on September 1, Simcha Felder runs away from a mother, the New York Pizza Festival, and more

Watch State Senator Simcha Felder ignore and run away from a mother whose child died by a speeding motorist in 2013. The Every School Speed Camera Act would put speeding cameras near 290 schools throughout the city, which has been proven to reduce speeding by 63% in New York. The bill cleared the state assembly but Felder is one of the people preventing a vote in the senate. Felder is a Democrat that caucuses with the Republicans.

“The NYPD has no interest in arresting people for marijuana offenses when those arrests have no direct impact on public safety.” -NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. The new policy of issuing tickets instead of an arresting will be enforced beginning September 1.

Don’t eat the paint chips falling off the elevated 7 train. The MTA will start to remove lead paint from the 7 train’s elevated tracks in Queens between 82nd St and 103rd St. The paint used on the elevated tracks and structures is over 50x what is considered safe.

City Hall Park, Mount Pitt, Vauxhall Gardens, and the other must-see spots from NYC’s first guidebook in 1807.

25 must-visit historic LGBTQ sites in NYC from Curbed.

Brownsville and its parks failed 10 of the 14 benchmarks from New Yorkers for Parks’ Brownsville Open Space Index. Two years ago Mayor de Blasio announced that Betsy Head Park would be receiving a portion of a $30 million investment as one of five “anchor parks” in the city, which means a two year closure of Brownsville’s biggest park.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit In Comics” is the Transit Museum’s latest exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn. The exhibit celebrates the subways as depicted in comics and includes Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz.

Humanhattan 2050 proposes new infrastructure in Lower Manhattan to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years and make the area more accessible and enjoyable at a cost of $335 million.

We’re inching closer to the latest closures of subway stations for renovations. 57th Street is hit on July 9th, 28th Street closes on July 16, and 23rd Street on July 23. There are five new stations on the list but don’t have dates: 145th Street on the 3, Penn Station 1, 2, 3 (how is that even possible?), 174th-175th Streets D and 167th Street D in the Bronx.

New York Pizza Festival’s organizers promise this year’s event won’t be the “Fyre Festival of Pizza.”

Chelsea Guitars was given a stay of execution by the Chelsea Hotel’s owners.

How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC from 6sqft.

Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group are pushing forward on banning cash at their restaurants. Meyers argue that the benefits of people who can afford credit cards outweighs the impact on customers who can only pay with cash.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Nostrand Ave and Avenue P Brooklyn and 33rd St and Ave S, The Sun is Also the Star, starring Yara Shahidi, is at W 124th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, and John Wick 3, starring Theodore “Ted” Logan, is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn.

Do you know how to do a “Bronx Cheer?”


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